Wednesday, February 26, 2014, marked the 50th anniversary of the Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner held in Kane County, Utah. Although the Paria River District is now a part of the Bryce Canyon District, it still sets a high standard of young men earning the rank of Eagle Scout. During the past year, 19 Scouts completed the requirements to wear the badge of Eagle, an outstanding achievement when you consider just over two percent of Scouts nationally become Eagle Scouts.

The cultural hall at the new Kanab Stake Center was filled with Scouts, parents and leaders to honor those who had achieved Scouting’s highest achievement during the past year. For an event of this nature to have this kind of participation from communities the size of those in Kane County is exceptional and should cause all of our citizens to be proud of the quality of the young people and leaders involved.

Sub-District Chairman Kevin Maxwell, Advancement Chairman Don Taylor, and Dinner Chairperson Glennis Boardman led the event. Service was provided by the Kanab Third Ward and the meal was provided by Houston’s. Troop 367 provided the color guard for the flag ceremony and the Kanab High School’s Xpress sang the National Anthem under the direction of Merilee Terry.

Following the meal, the Men’s Quartet sang “On My Honor” then Don Taylor led the recognition of each of the new Eagle Scouts, some of which were represented by their younger brothers since they are serving LDS missions starting at age 18.

The keynote speaker was Retired Air Force Colonel Kim T. Lawson. Colonel Lawson is a graduate of Kanab High School and has a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology and a Master of Science in Microbiology from Brigham Young University. He entered active duty in the Air Force in 1970 and retired in 1997. At retirement, he was director of Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence Systems (C4I Systems) at Kirtland AFB, N.M. He holds the Legion of Merit Award, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal among others.

Colonel Lawson related some of the history of Eagle Scouts, including the 100 million service hours that have been logged by Scouts working on their Eagle. He spoke on how incorporating Scouting values into your life will help in making correct choices in your future. He told of several experiences in the Air Force where he had to make difficult choices that affected the lives of many people. It’s important to have the integrity to make the right choice. These are principles learned in Scouting that need to be part of the character of every Eagle Scout.